The Unfolding | Granta

  • Published: 08/09/2022
  • ISBN: 9781783789511
  • Granta Books
  • 416 pages

The Unfolding

A.M. Homes

The Big Guy loves his family, money and democracy. Undone by the results of the 2008 Presidential election, he taps a group of like-minded men to reclaim their version of America. As they build a scheme to disturb and disrupt, the Big Guy also faces turbulence closer to home and must take responsibility for his past actions. Closely guarded family secrets begin to surface when his wife Charlotte stops self-medicating to numb her emotions. And when eighteen-year-old Megan votes for the first time, she awakens to the dissonance between her father’s expectations and her own dreams for the future.

Dark, funny and prescient, The Unfolding explores the implosion of the dream and how we arrived in today’s divided world.

From her first book onward, A. M. Holmes has been challenging us to look at fiction, the world, and one another as we haven't done-because we haven't had the nerve, the eyes, the dire and dispassionate imagination. Gripping, sad, funny, by turns aching and antic and, as always, exceedingly well-observed and written, The Unfolding opens up another one of her jagged windows, at times indistinguishable from a crack, in the world that is always unfolding, and always vanishing, around us

Michael Chabon

A terrific black comedy, written almost entirely in pitch-perfect dialogue, that feels terrifying close to the unfunny truth

Salman Rushdie

How can a book be hilarious and chilling at the same time? A.M. Homes's The Unfolding is a modern masterpiece, a scary immersion deep into the heart of American power

Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends

The Author

A. M. Homes is the author of the novels,This Book Will Save Your Life, Music for Torching, The End of Alice, In a Country of Mothers and Jack, and three collections of short stories, Days of Awe, Things You Should Know and The Safety of Objects and the highly acclaimed memoir, The Mistress’s Daughter, as well as the travel memoir, Los Angeles: People, Places and the Castle on the Hill. She is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and writes frequently on arts and culture for numerous magazines and newspapers. She lives in New York City.

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